Methane surprise at Lakshmipura

A few residents decided to use this gas to cook food.

A few residents decided to use this gas to cook food.  


After the initial fear, resident starting making use of the gas escaping through fissures in a quarry pit.

Sudden bursts of fire, bubbling water and pungent smell permeating the air took residents of Lakshmipura on the city’s outskirts by surprise on Monday morning.

Several of them gathered at an abandoned quarry pit where the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) used to dump the city’s waste to witness a spectacle. The placed little scraps of paper and thermocol over certain fissures and watched as they caught fire. It was through these fissures that trapped methane gas seemed to be escaping.

A few ingenious residents decided to use this gas to cook food, albeit at the quarry pit. Placing a few stones strategically around the fissures, they cooked rice, eggs and even chapattis.

Venkappa, a septuagenarian, said, “We are scared. The gas is coming out non-stop. Will it cause a major fire? Are our lives at risk?”

Venkatesh, member of Mantapa gram panchayat, said that after news of the gas escaping from the fissures spread, several residents rushed to the quarry pit. “While they were curious about the fire, we were more concerned about their safety. We have now asked a few people, who were living in hutments near the pit to shift elsewhere immediately,” he said.

BBMP officials, environmental experts and the local MLA rushed to the spot after the news of the gas leak spread.

A nearby college is being accused of letting out untreated sewage resulting in formation of leachate. “We have already apprised the Bangalore Development Authority. A notice will be issued to the college, which will have to set up a sewage treatment plant within their premises,” M. Krishnappa, the MLA, said.

“Organic solution is being poured into the fissures. Water samples have been sent for testing. If the water is deemed unfit for consumption, we will provide water through tankers,” said Muniraju, BBMP Joint Commissioner, Bommanahalli zone.

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